November 9, 2017

What To See

Now Bigger and Better

Thanks to a major extension to the museum in 2016, artefacts and photographs are displayed among historic aircraft.

Marvel at the frail construction of the Narromine Wright Flyer ‘A’, the world’s first flyable replica of the the 1907 ancestor of powered aircraft.

The Corben Super Ace homebuilt sport plane of 1938 and the Venture glider of 1953, both found in farm sheds in recent years, are restored and unique in the world.  A Sabre jet fighter can be viewed by arrangement.

State of the art display lighten and a 5.5 meter audio-visual screen help to bring the stories to life.

Aero Club Scrapbook. Narromine Aero Club’s 1930s scrapbook has survived war and flood, and you can thumb through a copy of it in a simulated period ‘setpiece’ at the museum.

The Vic Hall collection. Narromine Post office worker Vic Hall had a passion for aviation, photography and drawing during the ‘barnstorming’ era of the 1920s and 30s. It is thanks to him that we have such a rich record of the air visits and pageants of that time.

Rolls Royce Merlin 25 aero engine. The Mosquito B.IV bombers of 618 Squadron RAF were modified for speed at low altitude to suit their ‘Highball’ role (see 1945 in the timeline). Alterations included a bulged bomb bay and release gear for the spherical bombs, an arrester hook for aircraft carrier operations, and 1,630 horsepower Merlin Mk 25 engines with four-bladed propellers. This rare engine from one of the squadron’s bombers, which was bought at the aerodrome auctions in 1947, has been generously loaned by Mr Russell Peacock.

Diorama model of the aerodrome, set during the Second World War. This diorama was made with meticulous attention to detail by Ian Dennewald of the Sydney  firm AUSTEK Models. References used were archival plans and photographs provided by the museum. Included are 30 tiny Tiger Moth aircraft of the RAAF Elementary Flying Training School dispersed around the aerodrome. The diorama is to a scale of 1:750, measuring 2 x 2 metres, and forms a centrepiece in the museum.